Wiki: Mandela Effect

Magic Effect

The term Mandela Effect was coined for instances where small groups of seemingly unconnected people remember historical events differently than the general population. It is named for a widely-held memory of Nelson Mandela dying in prison in the mid-80s, instead of being freed in the 90s.


In the mundane world, the Mandela Effect was coined in late 2009 by paranormal blogger Fiona Broome. The term was named as such due to a rising number of seemingly unconnected individuals who claimed to have differing memories regarding the fate of Nelson Mandela. However, usage of the term soon broadened to refer to other cases in which a segment of the population remembers a historical fact or event differently than other people. For example, there are many people who remember the name of the “Berenstain Bears” as the “Berenstein Bears.” Some people believe the Mandela Effect is evidence of alternate universes spilling into the world, while others see it as a lapse of collective memory.

Relation to the Book of Briars

The Mandela Effect was believed by The Mountaineers to be connected to the disappearance of magiq from collective memory. It has always been the ultimate goal of The Mountaineers to find the root cause of the lost memories, including that of the Book of Briars.

In Phase Three, it was found that The Churning Storm was at the heart of the Mandela Effect.